Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
In the middle of a Valentine's Day crowd, the B-Sens attempt to blend into the mix at this "Rock of Ages" show. A trip believed to be a "team bonding" event before a busy weekend.
"I think given the fact that we've got some new faces on the team," said Hugh Jessiman. "It's definitely a good situation for us to just get together."
"You know it's just another good team bonding event here," said Mike Hoffman. "And just gives us all something to do on Valentine's Day."
What they don't know, is that their coach has a completely different agenda.
"Sometimes they get tired of hearing you've got to break the puck out, you've got to get pucks to the net. All the traditional stereotypes we say as coaches to the hockey players," said Coach Luke Richardson. "If you can refer to something that does relate to what they do, but in a different conversation, it's just another way to get the message across."
A message he learned a number of year's ago. As a young NHL player, his team was taken to a Broadway performance of " Blood Brothers." One of the next night's, after beating a very good Rangers team, Richardson and his teammates found themselves losing to the Islanders, someone they were expected to beat. That's when the lesson came into play from their manager.
"He asked us right away what we thought of the play the night before, and we were a little bit taken back and said no we thought it was great," said Richardson. "He goes, did you think they were professional? We were like, yes. And do you think they do that every night? We thought about it, and were like yes. He goes that's what they're expected to do every night, and that's what you're expected to do every night."
A teaching tool Richardson won't be afraid to use, and use often.
"It's a little card in the back pocket that I can pull out when we're not up to snuff and bring up this night as a reminder," said Richardson.
Teaching a lesson these player's won't forget.